Wi-Fi networks struggle to keep up with mobile OS updates

Wi-Fi networks are buckling under the strain of increased data traffic brought on by mobile operating system updates. Some universities saw a 300 percent increase in traffic when Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS 7 was pushed to the public. "When the update was released, students jumped onto the Wi-Fi network. We saw a 2X to 5X jump in Wi-Fi traffic when this happened. We could literally narrow it down to the minute when the update was released. The download was several gigabytes. When you have a lot of people downloading a large amount of data at the same time, you are bound to have choke points in the network," Bruce Miller, vice president of product marketing at Xirrus, told FierceMobileIT. He noted such events cause significant network disruptions even if the networks do not totally crash. Miller suggested Wi-Fi network application control software should be used to regulate how the network handles bandwidth-hogging apps and spikes in traffic, which can prevent thousands of users from downloading software updates at the same time and debilitating the network. For more, see this FierceMobileIT article.